I’ve been driving by Mountain View Academy for years and I finally stopped by this week to meet with Principal Dan Meidinger. It was perfect timing since the Voice just ran an article called “Google buys former home of the Pacific Press.” The old Pacific Press is the building on Villa that once housed a large printing business. It was built and operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church until they relocated their printing business to Boise, Idaho in 1983. The original Seventh Day Adventist Church was on the corner of Dana and Shoreline. It caught fire soon after it was built and a new one was built on Springer, but Mountain View Academy, on the corner of Shoreline and California Street, is the original private high school that is owned and operated by the church. It opened in 1922. There used to be an elementary school as well. The current building that houses the high school was built in 1967. I really love the retro, clean lines of that style of architecture. According to Milestones, A History of Mountain View, California, that particular part of town, the west of Shoreline area, had over 100 Seventh Day Adventist families that relocated to Mountain View when Pacific Press opened. Most of them lived on Pettis and Latham streets. I love hearing the history of my neighborhood.
I asked Principal Dan Meidinger about the old house next door to the school. He told me that the school always had a good relationship with the home owner and when the home became available, the school was able to work out an agreeable deal. Eventually the school hopes to expand and use that space for more classrooms or a bigger field.
Mountain View Academy is currently accepting applications. They usually have about 150 students and 37 of them were seniors. All of them graduates were accepted to colleges. Since so many people commute to Mountain View for work everyday, lots of the students are from families that live elsewhere, sometimes as far away as Los Banos or Daly City.
I noticed on Mountain View Academy’s website that they have quite an array of vegetarian food for sale. It is not just for students and families of the school, but residents of the community may also order the items. Some of them are hard to find and even harder to find in bulk, so I thought it was nice of them to allow others to purchase from their small online store. No, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to be a Seventh Day Adventist, but many are. The school seems to have a large music and art department. Dan showed me the art room, which had fabulous paintings and student ceramics on display.
I really just wanted to stop by the school because they’re my neighbors and I wanted to get to know them better. I always wondered about the old house next door to the school with boards on all the windows and now I know. And I like that the Milestones, A History of Mountain View, California book says that our Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Pacific Press “were always viewed as pillars in the community.” I love Mountain View and it's so nice to know a bit more about the history of our city.